R. L. Boyce Brings The Hill Country to NOLA

R. L. Boyce Live at Three Keys NOLA / Google Photos

The good folks at Ponderosa Stomp, otherwise known as the Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau, don’t stop at putting on a wonderful roots music festival each year, but they also sponsor occasional events throughout the year. This May, they arranged for Mississippi Hill Country blues artist R. L. Boyce to appear at the new Three Keys NOLA lounge at the Ace Hotel. Boyce is one of the last of his generation to play the Hill Country style a blues, a music with strong residual influence of West African music, and his performance was augmented by his daughter Sherena Boyce, a juke joint dancer who was a part of the scene at Junior Kimbrough’s old juke joint in Chulahoma, Mississippi. The standing-room-only crowd was thrilled.




Keeping the Brass Band Tradition With The Jackson Square All-Stars


Although the city of New Orleans put a stop to the tradition of brass bands playing in the first block of Bourbon Street near Canal, brass band music can still be heard in and around Jackson Square on some afternoons, played by a band known as the Jackson Square All-Stars. This band is geared to the out-of-town visitors, and therefore doesn’t play the hood-infused youthful style that used to prevail at Bourbon and Canal, but a lot of the members of this band are young musicians from the city’s best brass bands, including the TBC.

This mural on Freret Street in Uptown New Orleans is an appropriate one for July 4th. It reminds us that our liberty is dependent on that of our fellow-man. 7/5/12

This mural on Freret Street in Uptown New Orleans is an appropriate one for July 4th. It reminds us that our liberty is dependent on that of our fellow-man. 7/5/12

This mural on Freret Street in Uptown New Orleans is an appropriate one for July 4th. It reminds us that our liberty is dependent on that of our fellow-man. 7/5/12